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Why Has it Been Three Years Since a U.S. Ambassador Was Appointed to Norway?

Thor Steinhovden | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Thor Steinhovden

As a Norwegian, a friend of United States, and a former employee of the American Embassy in Oslo, I am deeply concerned about the situation. Norwegians expect more from our most important ally, and we are right to do so.

This Guy Waited 390 Days For His Turn At A Job. The Senate Just Skipped Him.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the past year, Luis Felipe Restrepo has endured nearly every type of Senate delay a judicial nominee could endure. And now that he'...

Ted Cruz Is Vowing To Block A Bunch Of Obama's Nominees ... Again

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he will block all of President Barack Obama's nominees to the State Department -- there are about 40 ambas...

Jennifer Bendery

Pat Toomey Is Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee, For Some Reason | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is preventing one of his own judicial nominees from moving forward, for reasons nobody seems to understand. ...

Jennifer Bendery

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Loretta Lynch was sworn in as U.S. attorney general on Monday, becoming the first African-American woman to fill the position. "It se...

Jennifer Bendery

Kim Kardashian's Second Marriage, The Creation Of The World And 9 Other Things That Didn't Take As Long As Loretta Lynch's Confirmation | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- 163 days. That's how long Loretta Lynch has been waiting for the Senate to vote on her confirmation as U.S. attorney general because...

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid Says He'll Force A Vote On Loretta Lynch If GOP Doesn't Act 'Very, Very Soon' | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that if Republicans don't schedule a confirmation vote soon for U.S. attorney g...

Jennifer Bendery

Republicans Finally Let One Of Obama's Judicial Nominees Get A Vote | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than three months into the new Congress, Senate Republicans held their first vote on one of President Barack Obama's judicial nomin...

Jennifer Bendery

Here's A Look At The Most Ridiculously Long Judicial Vacancies The Senate Still Hasn't Filled | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will do something next week that it hasn't done all year: confirm a judicial nominee. Despite talk when they took charge o...

Jennifer Bendery

Top Democrat Worried Senate Will Reject Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that he has real concerns about Republicans voting down President Barack Obama's ...

Jennifer Bendery

Now In Charge, Senate Republicans Slow To Move Forward With Obama's Judicial Nominees | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch has been waiting months for a confirmation vote. But she's not the only one twiddling her th...

Jennifer Bendery

It's Official: No Renomination For Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's over for Michael Boggs. Like, really over. Georgia Sens. Johnny Isakson (R) and Saxby Chambliss (R) said late Tuesday night that...

Jennifer Bendery

The Senate Just Cemented Obama's Judicial Legacy | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing from 2014 that will define President Barack Obama's legacy after he's left the White House, it's the number of life...

Ali Watkins

Thanks To Ted Cruz, John Kerry Gets A Deputy | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmed Tony Blinken as deputy secretary of state Tuesday night, giving chief diplomat John Kerry a desperately needed dep...

Senate Confirms Obama Immigration Nominee

AP | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. ...

Senate Confirms Dozens Of Obama Nominees

AP | ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House...

Jennifer Bendery

Joe Manchin Joins Democrats Opposed To Obama Treasury Pick Antonio Weiss | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Another Democrat is adding his name to a small but growing list of senators opposed to President Barack Obama's nominee for a top Treasu...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama Nominee Takes More Hits Over Qualifications For Treasury Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive lawmakers and activists have been raising concerns for weeks over President Barack Obama's choice of Antonio Weiss for a top...

U.S. Senate Rules Reform at One Year: A First Step, But a Long Road Ahead

Larry Cohen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Since last November, Senate obstruction hasn't disappeared, it simply has taken a different form.

Ryan Grim

Wall Street Rides In To Defend Antonio Weiss From Elizabeth Warren | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Andrew Ross Sorkin has found the problem: there are too few bankers working in government. He has also found the reason there are so few...

Amanda Terkel

Ted Cruz Wants To Fight Obama Over Immigration, But He Forgot About One Thing | Amanda Terkel | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is calling for congressional Republicans to fight back against President Barack Obama's executive action on immi...

Jennifer Bendery

Georgia Senator Defers To Obama On Fate Of Michael Boggs | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) says he would support renomination for Georgia's beleaguered judicial nominee Michael Boggs next year. But h...

Obama Nominees Face Lame Duck Obstacles In The Senate

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The push by President Barack Obama and his allies to fill judicial and agency vacancies is about to run head-on into limitations i...

Powerful Court's Shift Gives Advantage To Obama

The New York Times | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics

Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching...

Obama's VA Nominee Vows Corporate-Style Discipline Following Scandal

Reuters | David Lawder | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs pledged on Tuesday to bring corporat...